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to commit the first act of hostility or offense; attack first.
to begin to quarrel.
to behave toward; attack (often followed by upon):
wild animals aggressing their prey.
Historical Examples

The second, coercive, operating upon the aggressing belligerents.
Abridgement of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856 (4 of 16 vol.) Various

It would, at the same time, add means and facilities to the aggressing nation to multiply her outrages.
Abridgement of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856 (4 of 16 vol.) Various

(intransitive) to attack first or begin a quarrel

“attack,” 1714, back-formation from aggression, but used earlier with a sense of “approach” (1570s) and in this sense from French aggresser, from Late Latin aggressare, frequentative of Latin aggredi “to approach, attack.” Related: Aggressed; aggressing.


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